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JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.

Bill would allow people looking for rentals to explain if their evictions were caused by disasters

By: - April 26, 2021

Arielle Butler had no issues paying her rent before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zachary woman said Monday. She baked and worked for a maintenance company cleaning churches, but when churches closed down during the pandemic, Butler had to rely on unemployment payments. However, “the unemployment — which was $636 weekly — went down to $36 […]

Troy Carter elected to U.S. Congress

By: and - April 24, 2021

Louisiana State Sen. Troy Carter won Saturday’s runoff election for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, defeating opponent state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s unofficial results, with 100% of precincts reporting, Carter won with 55 percent of the vote to Carter Peterson’s 45 percent. Saturday’s special election to fill the seat […]

Donald Remy, LSU grad, nominated for deputy Veteran Affairs position

By: - April 23, 2021

President Joe Biden announced Friday that he’d nominate for deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy, a military veteran who spent much of his childhood in New Orleans and graduated from LSU. If confirmed to the position, Remy would be second-in-command at the department, which is in charge of veterans’ health care, benefits and national […]

A bill that gives students a grace period for TOPS eligibility due to COVID-19 goes to Senate floor

By: - April 23, 2021

A bill approved by the Louisiana Senate Education Committee this week provides a grace period for TOPS applicants to take college entrance exams.  Authored by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge), SB 99 would allow high school graduates  who can prove they couldn’t take the ACT by April because of COVID-19 concerns to submit those test […]

Another bill requiring the reporting of sexual misconduct is passed by a Louisiana House committee

By: - April 22, 2021

A bill by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans) that would require the termination of higher education employees who don’t report known Title IX violations and clarifies where higher education employees should report those violations was moved forward without objection from the Louisiana House Education Committee Thursday. Freeman said that HB 409 is a response to […]

Literacy bill named for former Louisiana state representative is moved forward by House Education committee

By: - April 22, 2021

About 160,000 Louisiana students struggling with reading or writing could get extra help if a bill by Rep. Steve McKnight (R-Baton Rouge) that funds tutoring, reading materials and summer programs becomes law. The Louisiana House Education Committee moved along HB 85 Thursday morning. The bill would create the “Steve Carter Literacy Program,” named for the […]

Bills addressing LSU sexual misconduct scandals move forward

By: - April 21, 2021

A pair of bills that increase transparency, clarify sexual assault reporting mandates in Louisiana colleges and universities and establish an anti-sexual assault “Louisiana Power-Based Violence Review Panel” for campuses were advanced without objection by the Louisiana Senate Education Committee Wednesday. Sen. Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton), author of SB 230, told the committee that her bill, which […]

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Louisiana leaders Jay Dardenne, Jim Henderson among 8 finalists for LSU presidential search

By: - April 21, 2021

Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne — a former gubernatorial candidate who has served as lieutenant governor and state senator and is an unabashed supporter of his alma mater LSU — is one of eight finalists for LSU president, the LSU Board of Supervisors’ Presidential Search Committee announced Wednesday.  The other Louisiana finalist is Jim […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

Mandatory kindergarten for 5-year-olds bill passes Louisiana Senate committee

By: - April 21, 2021

A bill that requires Louisiana’s 5-year-olds to attend kindergarten was approved by the Louisiana Senate Education Committee in a 5-1 vote Wednesday morning. “We have about 2,800 kids who do not attend kindergarten in the state of Louisiana,” Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge), sponsor of the bill and chair of the committee, said. “Early childhood […]

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Interim LSU president Tom Galligan drops out of search for permanent president

By: - April 20, 2021

Tom Galligan, who is serving as interim LSU president, withdrew his name from consideration for the permanent position Tuesday.  In a letter to the LSU community, Galligan said he will return to teaching at LSU’s law school  to “spend more time with my family and my students.” He said this decision was about being able […]

Broadband bill stalls in Louisiana House committee

By: - April 20, 2021

A bill that could potentially increase the number of Louisianians who have access to high-speed internet was deferred Tuesday by its sponsor, Rep. Rodney Schamerhorn — R, Hornbeck, after some lawmakers on the Louisiana House Committee on Commerce expressed concern about an amendment from Shamherhorn that they said wouldn’t provide sufficient oversight. Schamerhor proposes to […]

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Gov. Edwards announces multimillion dollar investment plan for Louisiana roads

By: - April 19, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Transportation was allocated $216 million in the December 2020 COVID-19 relief package, and Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that the money will be used to fund projects across around the state. The transportation department will spend $30 million specifically for bridge repair and/or replacement, $20 million for the state’s metro […]